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Need an idea for your next vacation? Consider one of the world's largest cheese festivals, which happens every other September in a tiny medieval town in Northern Italy called "Bra". The festival, which is put on by the Slow Food organization, features tons of cheese from Italy and beyond, cheesy foods, educational lectures, panels, activities for kids, and much more.

The bad news is, the next one isn't until 2019. The good news is, you have plenty of time to plan your trip! Lucky for us, the festival happened this year and we were there! Below are a few highlights from this year's event. You can learn more about the festival by visiting the Slow Food Festival site: http://cheese.slowfood.it/en/

 

Every street was filled with cheese-lovers from all over the world, peeking in tents filled with fantastic cheeses. 

 

Some booths featured only one cheese, and some featured mountains of cheeses, literally! 

 

 There are plenty of snacks to eat, even a "walking stick" of Mozzarella di Bufala! Might as well be heaven...

 

This man had wheels of "Cacciocavallo" hanging over hot stoves. When the cheese became bubbly and melty, he scraped it onto a thick slice of bread. This is the Italian version of Raclette, called "Impiccato".

Our Head Cheesemonger Christy got to practice her Italian, working a shift in the L'Amuse booth, selling Goudas from Holland to festival-goers. 

 

An artist paints a scene on a wheel of Fontina. Even a wheel of cheese can become a canvas for beautiful art!

 

 You can have real gelato, flavored like Gorgonzola, or you can have Gorgonzola Cucchiaio that is so mild and creamy, it might as well be gelato.

Even for cheese professionals, there are amazing things never seen before. We couldn't help but swoon over beautiful pecorinos covered in flowers!